It was a hot May afternoon, and leading Mike down Jasper’s Main Street was nice enough, but leading him inside an air-conditioned brewery was even better! I went to visit one of my new best …
It was a hot May afternoon, and leading Mike down Jasper’s Main Street was nice enough, but leading him inside an air-conditioned brewery was even better! I went to visit one of my new best friends, Maris Otter, aka Mo, who is the resident golden retriever at Twisted Barley Brewing Company located at 520 19th Street West in Downtown Jasper. Maris Otter, the ingredient, is a variety of barley used in the production of malt for the brewing industry. Maris Otter, I mean Mo the Golden (she hates to be called Maris) and I have fun in Twisted Barley while I multi-task and simultaneously interview Mason Boren, owner and brewmaster.
Mason began brewing beer on the weekends from his home about ten years ago. Because there was no craft beer market in our area at that time, he decided to turn his hobby into a business that has helped to revitalize Downtown Jasper’s west end of town.
Generally, Mason keeps 17-20 different craft beers on tap working full-time at the brewery while wife Courtney works full-time at the Walker County Board of Education. Lily, their 8-year-old non-canine child, was running around the brewery as Mo, Mason and I played/talked, respectively. Mason told me that Courtney comes in at lunch sometimes and after work to do all the important things for the brewery, the things you don’t see, like paperwork, etc. It’s a real family affair at Twisted Barley. Even outside Twisted Barley, James McLean, Sr.’s veteran banner will be displayed on the lamppost at the brewery by Memorial Day. Margie McLean Bookout, Mason’s mom, found her dad’s U.S. Army Air Corp picture and commissioned a banner through Jasper Main Street.
Walk down to Twisted Barley, and you’ll see not only the trees, a project of Jasper Main Street, that were planted last year, the new sidewalks that the City of Jasper are having installed, and my new best friend, Mo, but you’ll also see Will’s Wings. This angelic display, created by Jeremy Jordan, is one of the most camera-friendly spots in Downtown Jasper.
This sculpture is mounted on the east side of the brewery next to the alley and was placed there in memory of the Boren’s child that was lost in 2018.
While you enjoy your libations at Twisted Barley, you can also view and purchase local art by Heidi Young Batson, my friend. Mike has some of Heidi’s art hanging in the house! She’s not only talented, but she also loves canines; pretty sure she likes me the best outside of her own pup, Marshall Tucker.
So, Mo is wearing me out, and Mason has told me way more than I’m writing. So come down and see it for yourself on Wednesday from 4 until 10 p.m., Thursday from 4 p.m. until midnight, Friday and Saturday from noon until midnight, and Sunday noon until 6 p.m.. Have a beer, play cornhole, video games, or board games, and always enjoy the live music! Find Twisted Barley Brewing Company on Facebook and see just what’s going on.
FYI, Twisted Barley is dog-friendly and Tallulah-approved! Tell Mo that Tallulah sent you.